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In blow to Modi, anti-India party wins Maldives election in landslide


President of Maldives Mohamed Muizzu delivers a nationwide assertion at World Local weather Motion Summit throughout the UN Local weather Change Convention (COP28) in Dubai, December 1, 2023. — Reuters
  • PNC wins 65 of the 93 seats, as per preliminary outcomes.
  • Principal opposition MDP dwindles to 12 seats from 65 earlier.
  • President pledges to finish nation’s “India First” coverage.

MALE: Maldives voters handed President Mohamed Muizzu’s get together a landslide win at parliamentary elections, media stated on Monday, an consequence set to shift the Indian Ocean archipelago nearer to China and away from conventional associate India.

Muizzu’s Folks’s Nationwide Congress (PNC) received 65 of the 93 seats up for grabs on Sunday, preliminary outcomes from the Maldives Elections Fee and media projections present.

The primary opposition Maldives Democratic Occasion (MDP) dwindled to simply 12 seats from 65 earlier.

Each Beijing and New Delhi have wooed the Maldives as they vie for affect within the Indo-Pacific area.

Elected final 12 months, Muizzu has pledged to finish the nation’s “India First” coverage, straining ties with New Delhi.

His authorities has requested dozens of Indian army personnel to go away the Maldives, a transfer critics say may hasten its shift in direction of China.

Muizzu’s put up as president shouldn’t be affected by Sunday’s vote, during which 368 candidates contested for five-year phrases.

Forward of the ballot, the PNC had requested voters to elect a majority that might allow the president to swiftly fulfil his marketing campaign pledges.

Opposition events, who’ve criticised Muizzu’s authorities on areas together with international coverage and the economic system, sought to carry his authorities accountable.

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